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Housing issues and health among
new councillor’s priorities
01/07/2008 The Star By Lim Chia Ying
IT IS good news for house buyers that a a member of the National House
Buyers Association (HBA) is part of the confirmed list of councillors for
the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ). With numerous abandoned housing
projects in areas under the council's jurisdiction, the HBA honorary
secretary-general Chang Kim Loong can perhaps now look into ensuring that
future projects will not suffer the same fate and that house buyers' rights
`Kekalkan tapak meter
01/07/2008 BH Oleh Umi Nadirah Abdul Rahman
AMPANG: Pengguna dinasihat tidak melakukan perubahan kepada tapak meter
sedia ada bagi memudahkan kelulusan migrasi untuk meter air pukal kepada
meter secara individu diberikan kepada pengguna tanpa sebarang masalah.
Pengurus Besar Komunikasi Korporat dan Hal Ehwal Awam Syarikat Bekalan Air
Selangor Sdn Bhd (Syabas), Abdul Halem Mat Som, berkata perubahan kepada
tapak meter sedia ada tidak dibenarkan sama sekali kerana menyalahi
undang-undang yang termaktub dalam enakmen pembekalan air.
This is exploitation of
01/07/2008 NST By S.M. Mohamed Idris
DEVELOPERS, particularly in Penang, have perfected a novel way of jacking up
the prices of low-cost housing units with the authorities keeping an eye
closed to the goings-on. They have an unwritten condition that purchasers
must sign an additional agreement called a "renovation agreement", failing
which they cannot buy a unit. They have even arranged with banks to release
the "renovation" payment in stages together with progress payments for the
unit. Thus, all the payment for "renovations" will be collected before any
work is done, as renovations can only be carried out after the certificate
of fitness for occupation is issued.
Seven non-political councillors
among 24 sworn in
02/07/2008 The Star By Lim Chia Ying
SEVEN new councillors appointed from among professionals and representatives
of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) were among the 24 sworn in
yesterday for the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ).
Residents must be told of
impending projects near their housing areas
09/07/2008 The Star
Story and photo by SALINA KHALID
RESIDENTS have the right to know and be well informed about development
plans and projects in and around their areas, according to a member of
Pakat tukar meter
07/07/2008 HM Oleh Maiamalina Mohamed Amin
KAJANG: Penduduk bangunan bertingkat termasuk flet, apartmen dan kondominium
di sekitar Lembah Klang perlu berpakat dengan syarikat pengurusan bangunan
masing-masing, jika mahu meter air pukal mereka ditukar kepada meter air
individu. Ini kerana Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Syabas) tidak
mempunyai kuasa mutlak untuk terus menukar meter berkenaan sekiranya
syarikat pengurusan bangunan mahupun badan pengurusan bersama (JMB) enggan
meluluskan permohonan pertukaran.
Rumah masih terbengkalai
08/07/2008 BH Oleh Ali Tamat
SAYA adalah penduduk taman berhampiran sebuah projek perumahan Sungai Abong,
Muar, Johor yang terbengkalai, sejak beberapa tahun lalu. Saya merayu Majlis
Perbandaran Muar (MPM) segera memulihkan semula projek perumahan
Selangor to blacklist errant developers
08/07/2008 NST By Halim Said
PETALING JAYA: Businessmen behind failed housing projects will be
blacklisted in Selangor to ensure that they do not operate under a different
company or project. The state government said the blacklist will be of
developers that fail to complete their projects and will contain the
profiles and names of the directors
Pendatang huni rumah
11/07/2008 HM Oleh Mohd Harzrul Aminuddin
CHERAS: Sebuah kawasan perumahan terbengkalai di Taman Kencana, di sini,
dikesan menjadi penempatan haram bagi puluhan pendatang tanpa izin warga
Indonesia sejak 10 tahun lalu. Difahamkan, kawasan perumahan terbengkalai
itu pernah diserbu beberapa kali sebelum ini namun ia kembali dipenuhi
golongan itu kerana kurangnya pengawasan daripada pihak berkuasa.
Free-for-all in CF issuance
11/07/2008 The Malay Mail By Najiah Najib and Dawn Lee
THERE'S no standard practice on the issuance of Certificate of Fitness for
Occupation (CF) for government buildings, Malay Mail checks revealed.
All-PJ residents coalition registered
11/07/2008 The Star By TAN
THE All-PJ Pro Action Committee or APPAC has been registered with the
Registrar of Societies with the new name of All-Petaling Jaya Selangor
Residents Association Coalition (APAC). A new committee was elected during
an inaugural general meeting on June 27.
Accumulated pains for
12/07/2008 NST By Noel Achariam
KUALA LUMPUR: Three years ago, the developer of the SPPK flats (Block One)
in Cheras "left" the residents with RM30,000 in the "maintenance fees
kitty". The RM30,000 was the balance of the maintenance fees collected from
the residents by the developer over the past 17 years.
Is it time for BTS?
12/07/2008 NST By Andrew Wong
IF advocates of the Build-Then-Sell, or BTS, movement ever need another
reason to push their method of housing delivery into the mainstream, they
only have to look at what's happening in this current cost-push environment.
At the rate building material and transport costs are rising, I daresay many
developers who have long opposed them, preferring to embrace the
Sell-Then-Build or STB system instead as it permits them to collect money
upfront before completing their end of the bargain, are beginning to buckle.
Timely move for `BTS 10:90 concept'
SELANGOR Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim's announcement that the state
will take the lead in adopting the Build-Then-Sell (BTS) concept for
delivery of houses is a timely piece of good news for house buyers. I
believe the BTS he was referring to is the variant of the Sell-Thenbuild (STB)
version the National House Buyers Association (HBA) termed as the "10:90
concept". It is a hybrid of the present Sell-Then-Build (progressive payment
mode) and the absolute BTS (sell only upon full completion of houses). House
buyers pay only a 10 per cent deposit upon signing the Sale and Purchase
Agreement and the remaining 90 per cent is payable upon completion of the
houses with electricity and water supply (ready for tapping) and Certificate
of Fitness for Occupation (CFO), or the new version Certificate of
Compliance and Completion (CCC), and possession with keys.
For the good of condo dwellers
15/07/2008 NST By Sheila Sri Priya
PETALING JAYA: For their own good, residents of condominiums and high-rise
buildings in Petaling Jaya have been urged to join the Joint Management
Polisi bayaran rumah terbengkalai
12/07/2008 Utusan Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR 11 Julai - Kementerian Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan akan
berbincang dengan bank- bank mengenai polisi pembayaran balik pinjaman bagi
projek rumah terbengkalai dalam usaha membantu mengurangkan beban peminjam
terbabit, kata Timbalan Menterinya, Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin.
Absorb cost hike, developers told
15/07/2008 NST By Brenda Lim
IPOH: Housing developers have to honour sale and purchase agreements signed
with house buyers, including those for projects that are under construction.
Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan said yesterday
that developers could not use the higher prices of building materials as an
excuse to increase the price of their units halfway.
Owners, but they pay rent
15/07/2008 NST By Azira Shaharuddin
AMPANG JAYA: Taman Seri Intan residents have been living in their houses for
a year but have yet to receive their house titles. The angry residents claim
the problem lies in the joint venture agreement between the developer,
Litazu Sdn Bhd and Permodalan Negeri Selangor Berhad (PNSB).
Forum shows residents' frustrations
16/07/08 The Star By Jade Chan
THE long Q&A session at the forum entitled Building and Common Property
(Maintenance and Management) Act 2007 – Act 663 highlighted just how
frustrated residents were with problems related to the Act.
The forum was organised by Bukit Lanjan assemblyman Elizabeth Wong’s
office in collaboration with Subang MP R. Sivarasa.
DBKL sasar kutipan cukai taksiran RM680
17/07/2008 BH Oleh Sharifah Salwa Syed Akil
KUALA LUMPUR: Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) mensasarkan kutipan cukai
taksiran sehingga 95 peratus atau kira-kira RM680 juta tahun ini, jumlah
yang sama seperti kutipan yang dicapai pada tahun sebelumnya. Datuk Bandar
Kuala Lumpur, Datuk Ab Hakim Borhan, berkata sehingga Jun lalu pihaknya
berjaya mengutip lebih RM48 juta bagi cukai taksiran setengah tahun pertama
Fiabci: Developers holding back projects
amid rising costs
17/07/2008 NST By Sharen Kaur
THE housing sector will suffer from a lack of new products as developers are
holding back projects amid rising costs. The number of projects abandoned by
developers may also rise as they are not able to sustain the development
cost, said the Malaysian head of Fiabci, an international real estate
folk raise five issues with APAC
19/07/2008 NST By Sheila Sri Priya
PETALING JAYA: If you stay in Petaling Jaya and are unhappy with what is
going on in the area, you can complain to All Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Residents Association Coalition (APAC). APAC was formed about five months
ago and is headed by Liew Wei Beng.
Legal history in the making in Ipoh
19/07/2008 NSTBy P. Rajan
IPOH'S serene surroundings notwithstanding, a hot-button issue on who is
empowered to undertake property management has come to trial in its High
Court, the outcome of which could potentially shake up the real estate
industry. This came about after Superboom Projects Permai Lake View Mgt Sdn
Bhd (SPPLV) - a special-purpose vehicle set up to undertake administrative
tasks of the 576-unit Permai Lake View Apartment - took a few owners to
court for various grievances, including non-payment of the monthly
maintenance fee of RM50.
Pemudah clears backlog of land transfer
22/07/2008 NST By Marc Lourdes
KUALA LUMPUR: The land transfer approval backlog has been almost eliminated,
thanks to new initiatives set up by the Special Task Force to Facilitate
Business (Pemudah). As of Jan 31 this year, the Natural Resources and
Environment Ministry has managed to reduce the dealing and non-dealing
approvals backlog by as much as 95 per cent. Land alienation and strata
title approvals have been trimmed by 62.44 per cent and 73.71 per cent
respectively, while the backlog for qualified title to final title approvals
has been lowered to a manageable 57.04 per cent.
Flat dwellers seek MP’s help
22/07/2008 The Star By Jade Chan
RESIDENTS of the Sri Aman low-cost flats in Petaling Jaya are plagued with a
host of problems, among them a lack of parking space for cars and
motorcycles, and excessive number of shoplots.Sri Aman Low-Cost Flats
Residents Association chairman Ahmad Fauzi Mat Said and deputy chairman
Ruslan Basri brought up the problems during a meeting with PJ Utara MP Tony
Man charged with taking RM6,000 bribe
SEREMBAN: An unemployed man, who claimed to be an environmental activist,
pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court to accepting a bribe of RM6,000
from a housing developer last year. Revindran Kolandaiveloo, 42, is alleged
to have received the money so that he would not lodge a report against the
developer about construction problems at the Legend International Water
RM500mil project hits a snag
Court halts sale of property in inner city
23/07/2008 The Star By Priscilla Dielenberg
GEORGE TOWN: A proposed RM500mil high-rise project in the heart of the
heritage city here may be in jeopardy now that a High Court has stopped the
sale of a 6,654 square metre piece of land smack in the centre of the
New problem keeps buyers
KUALA LUMPUR: House buyers of three abandoned housing projects in Puchong
are still waiting for the Housing and Local Government Ministry to keep its
promise to revive the projects. On June 14, deputy housing minister Datuk
Hamzah Zainuddin visited the site for Taman Lestari Permai, Taman Lestari
Puchong, and Taman Saujana Puchong 9E and promised that work by IJM
Corporation would commence in two weeks.
Rumah terbengkalai sarang penagih lepas gian
24/07/2008 Utusan Malaysia Oleh NORHUDA SULIEMAN
MUAR 23 Julai - Penduduk Tanjung Agas, di sini bimbang dengan kewujudan
sembilan buah rumah di kawasan perumahan di kawasan itu yang terbengkalai
dan kini menjadi sarang penagih dadah untuk melepaskan gian.
segera perlu diambil
24/07/2008 Utusan Malaysia
MUAR 23 Julai - Pihak berwajib diminta memberi perhatian dan melakukan
tindakan segera terhadap kewujudan beberapa rumah terbengkalai di Tanjung
Agas, di sini bagi mengelakkan sebarang kejadian tidak diingini berlaku.
Selangor pulih 114 projek rumah
SHAH ALAM: Selangor akan memulihkan 114 projek perumahan terbengkalai di
seluruh negeri itu dalam usaha memastikan semua pihak yang terbabit,
terutama pembeli, mendapat hak sewajarnya, kata Menteri Besar, Tan Sri Abdul
Khalid Ibrahim. Beliau berkata, semua projek yang dikenal pasti itu didapati
perlu dibantu setelah berhadapan masalah ketika pembinaan malah ada di
antaranya sudah hampir separuh siap.
`Local bodies can't impose penalties'
25/07/2008 NST By V. Anbalagan
PUTRAJAYA: Local governments are not allowed to impose a penalty on unpaid
assessment fees, the Federal Court has ruled. The decision came after the
apex court allowed on Friday an appeal by Generation Products Sdn Bhd
against two notices of assessment issued by Majlis Perbandaran Klang (MPK)
on two pieces of land for the half year ending June 30,1994.
20 bangunan bahaya
25/07/2008 BH Oleh Sharifah Salwa
KUALA LUMPUR: Sebanyak 20 daripada 911 bangunan terbiar dan usang di sekitar
bandar raya dikategorikan sebagai berbahaya dan boleh mengancam nyawa orang
awam, manakala selebihnya perlu diberi perhatian dan dibaik pulih dengan
segera. Timbalan Menteri Wilayah Persekutuan, Datuk M Saravanan, berkata
bangunan usang dan terbiar yang kebanyakannya terletak di tengah bandar raya
itu disahkan tidak selamat dan perlu dirobohkan segera.
20 bangunan ancam nyawa
KUALA LUMPUR: Kementerian Wilayah Persekutuan mengesan 20 daripada 911
bangunan usang di beberapa laluan sibuk di bandar raya ini berbahaya dan
mengancam nyawa orang awam. Timbalan Menterinya, Datuk M Saravanan, berkata
notis untuk meroboh sudah dikeluarkan kepada 20 pemilik bangunan swasta yang
ditakrifkan berbahaya kerana strukturnya tidak stabil.
114 projek terbengkalai dikenal pasti
26/07/2008 BH Oleh Wan Jailani Razak
SHAH ALAM: Kerajaan Selangor mengenal pasti 114 projek terbengkalai di
seluruh negeri yang perlu dibantu dan diatasi satu persatu, kata Menteri
Besar, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim. Mengakui tugas berkenaan bukan mudah,
beliau mahu mereka yang terbabit berterus terang bagi membantu kerajaan
negeri mengatasi masalah itu.
Owners urged to sign up
26/07/2008 NST By Naveen Mathew Menon
PUCHONG: To help them deal with problems like theft, robbery, vandalism,
water and electricity cuts, and flash floods, a joint management body (JMB)
will be set up for folk in the Kinrara Section 3 Business Park. Shop-owner
George Lee, who is the protem committee chairman for setting up the JMB,
said: "We want full participation from the owners of these units. We want
them to exercise their rights.
Penang's developers ask for increase in
low-cost house price
THE Penang Real Estate and Housing Developers' Association (Rehda)'s recent
call for the ceiling price of low-cost units to be raised from RM42,000 to
RM60,000 and medium-cost houses from RM72,500 to RM90,000 has drawn muted
response from the state government.
High rate of suicides at Templer flats
28/07/2008 NST By Patrick Sennyah; Ramesh Pillai
SEREMBAN: The Templer flats in Jalan Tun Dr Ismail here are not only an
eyesore, but the site of many suicides. Built in 1966, the flats are in a
dilapidated state and poorly maintained.
change in OPR a breather to homebuyers
29/07/2008 The Star News analysis by S.C. Cheah
Many are first-time purchasers already burdened with rising costs THE gist
of Bank Negara's monetary policy statement last Friday on the current high
inflation and a more challenging environment in the next 12 months, while
common knowledge, did however, have a slight silver lining.
JPN pantau projek perumahan
29/07/2008 BH Oleh Aziah Ahmad
SAYA ingin memberi maklum balas berhubung tulisan bertajuk `tujuh tahun
tunggu rumah' yang disiarkan di ruangan ini pada 28 April lalu. Jabatan
Perumahan Negara (JPN) sudah meneliti aduan berkenaan dan mendapati pengadu
adalah antara pembeli rumah fasa kedua Taman Bidara Palma yang sepatutnya
siap pada 13 Julai 2003.
Rumah terbengkalai dipercayai
29/07/2008 Utusan Malaysia
MUAR Projek perumahan terbengkalai di Tanjung Agas di sini, dipercayai
dijadikan sarang maksiat dan bukan sarang penagihan dadah seperti yang
disangka pada awalnya.Pegawai Penyiasat Jenayah Narkotik, Ibu Pejabat Polis
Daerah (IPD) Muar, Inspektor Radzi Asmat berkata, pihaknya telah membuat
pemeriksaan di sekitar kawasan tersebut dan mendapati tiada sebarang kesan
yang menunjukkan lokasi itu menjadi tempat penagihan dadah.
Meeting between buyers and
builders of stalled project in Putrajaya
30/07/2008 The Star
ALL buyers of the public units at Precinct 11 Development, Putrajaya, are
invited to take part in a meeting with the project developer Arif Cerah Sdn
Bhd at 10am today at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre.
Selangor looks at ways to speed
up land matters
30/07/2008 The Star By Dharmender Singh
THE Selangor government will look into delegating the approving authority
over land matters in an effort to speed up the processing of various
applications. Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim said he now had to
personally sign the approvals for all applications involving land, including
the change of land use and transfers of ownership.
Talam plans to deliver 7,000 homes
30/07/2008 The Star
PETALING JAYA: Talam Corp Bhd intends to deliver 7,000 homes to buyers this
year, says executive director Chua Kim Lan.
“So far, we have delivered 700 units and more are expected in the next few
months,” she told StarBiz in a telephone interview yesterday.
Talam expects to complete stalled
projects by year-end
30/07/2008 NST By Presenna Nambiar
PROPERTY developer Talam Corp Bhd expects three of its stalled projects,
namely Ukay Perdana, Bandar Bukit Beruntung and a part of Taman Puncak Jalil
- worth a combined RM400 million - to be completed by the end of the year.
The high-rise units at Taman Puncak Jalil will be completed next year.
Gesa wajib meter individu
30/07/2008 BH Oleh Khairunnisa Kamarudin
PETALING JAYA: Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Syabas) meminta
kerajaan supaya menyemak semula Akta Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan supaya
mewajibkan migrasi meter pukal ke meter individu kepada semua kediaman
bertingkat untuk kemudahan penghuninya. Pengurus Besar Komunikasi Korporat &
Hal Ehwal Awamnya, Abdul Halem Mat Som, berkata ini kerana banyak kekangan
yang perlu ditempuhi sebelum permohonan boleh diluluskan.
Locked out of 13 halls
30/07/2008 NST By Noel Achariam
AMPANG: Thousands of residents in Ampang Jaya have been locked out of 13 of
the 14 community halls in the town by officials of the previous Selangor
government. Only one hall, in Taman Melor, is open for use -- and that, too,
only after it was forcibly opened by Teratai assemblyman Jenice Lee Ying Ha.
My home, my paradise
31/07/2008 NST By Mohd Shaberun Caroshau
JOINING hands, fostering ties and making our building a cleaner place is
what we, the residents of Block A low-cost flat, Taman Skudai Kanan in
Bandar Baru Uda, did on July 13. PRIDE: The residents of Taman Skudai
Kanan are proud of their neighbourhood. They make sure that this signboard
is kept in good condition.
Neighbours urged to report
31/07/2008 The Star
WHILE developers and contractors can only carry out construction and
renovation work from 8am to 6pm from Mondays to Saturdays, there is,
however, no rule that tells them when they must complete the project.
Follow the rules to keep it legal
31/07/2008 The Star By LIM CHIA YING
THE Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) received a total of 318 complaints
last year dealing with house renovations. Public relations officer Azfarizal
Abdul Rashid said when complaints were lodged, usually by neighbours, the
renovations were most likely to be illegal.
Renovations leave residents
31/07/2008 The Star
Often, residents complain about illegal home renovations and mega-structures
coming up in their neighbourhoods. BAVANI M finds out from the authorities
what unlawful renovations are as well as the by-laws and guidelines that
home owners are supposed to abide by when renovating their homes.
Sinkhole along riverbank
causing worry among residents
31/07/2008 The Star By TAN KARR WEI
A SINKHOLE about 2m wide along the banks of Sungai Kayu Ara has caused fears
among residents of the Puncak Damansara Condominiums in Kg Kayu Ara,
Petaling Jaya. Joint management body (JMB) secretary Mohd Rafi Ganesan said
they discovered the seriousness of the problem when the joint management
committee (JMC) took over the management from the developers.
Errant developers to be
31/07/2008 The Star By K. Kasturi Dewi
DEVELOPERS who neglect their responsibility in maintaining a property in
accordance with the sales and purchase agreement would have to face severe
consequences including being blacklisted by the state. Deputy Chief Minister
II Dr P. Ramasamy said blacklisting a developer would however be the last
resort taken by the state if all other attempts to get the developer to
fulfil the responsibilities failed.
Late delivery: Developer
ordered to pay RM3,914
Kota Kinabalu: A local housing developer was ordered by the Housing
Purchasers' Claims Tribunal here Wednesday to pay RM3,914.52 for failing to
deliver a house to a buyer within the delivery period. President Haji Ahmad
Sedik made the ruling after SKPAB Holdings Sdn Bhd Director, Yapp Thien
Shung and General Manager, Chieng Shaw An failed to convince the tribunal
that the delay was caused by unavoidable circumstances.
Rumah mahal, kemudahan daif
31/07/2008 Utusan Malaysia Oleh SITI AIRUNNISA ALAUI
BANGI 30 Julai - Memiliki rumah bernilai jutaan ringgit, ditambah pula dalam
suasana yang aman dan damai pasti menjadi impian semua orang. Namun, bagi
kira-kira 15 pemilik rumah di Banyan Close, Bandar Bukit Mahkota, rumah
jutaan ringgit yang mereka beli disifatkan lebih daif daripada rumah
Pemaju jamin masalah selesai
dalam masa terdekat
31/07/2008 Utusan Malaysia
BANGI 30 Julai - Pemaju perumahan Banyan Close, Bandar Bukit Mahkota dekat
sini memberi jaminan akan menyelesaikan masalah kemudahan bekalan air kepada
penduduk dalam masa yang terdekat. Jurucakap pemaju tersebut yang enggan
namanya disiar berkata, keputusan tersebut dicapai selepas mengadakan
perbincangan bersama-sama penduduk pada Selasa lalu.